A taste of poetry

Course Dates: 07/02/20 - 14/02/20
Time: 18:00 - 20:30
Location: KS - Keeley Street

This short, fun taster course is the perfect starting point for students who are writing for the first time or new to the poetry path. Join us for two evenings of thought-provoking writing exercises and poetry theory for beginners.


What is the course about?

This is a fun introductory course designed to support learners in exploring the form, language and structure of poetry.

What will we cover?

- Popular poetic forms: acrostic, concrete and free verse.
- Structuring your poem through rhyme and rhythm.
- Finding poetic stimuli
- Alternative poetic traditions.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

- Develop your knowledge of poetic form and tradition.
- Develop your understanding of poetic structure.
- Write first draft poetry from the provided information and exercises.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

This is an introductory course. Students will need to be able to write in fluent English.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

A mix of tutor instruction, pair work and interactive writing exercises and discussion of published texts.

All writing courses at City Lit will involve an element of workshop. This means that students will produce work which will be discussed in an open and constructive environment with the tutor and other students. The college operates a policy of constructive criticism, and all feedback on another student’s work by the tutor and other students should be delivered in that spirit.

For classes longer than one day, regular reading and writing exercises will be set for completion at home to set deadlines.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

No extra costs - bring pen and paper.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

Visit Writing > Poetry on our website to browse our full range of beginners', intermediate and advanced poetry writing classes.

All students are invited to join us at Late Lines, our regular performance night for City Lit writers. Students are also encouraged to submit their work to Between the Lines, our annual anthology of creative writing. For the latest news, courses and events, stay in touch with the Department on Facebook and Twitter.

General information and advice on courses at City Lit is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details


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Great introduction to poetry . Friendly environment and supportive tutor.
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Review by Mina / (Posted on 21/07/2019)
If you like writing poetry and want to have a go at improving your writing skills this is a great place to start.
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Review by David Burns / (Posted on 22/03/2019)
This is lovely way to be introduced or for those who are returning re-introduced to poetry. However, it is only a snippet of what poetry is and can be.
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 23/02/2019)

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Course Code: HW554

Please choose a course date 

Fri, eve, 07 Feb - 14 Feb '20

Duration: 2 sessions (over 2 weeks)

Full fee: £59.00
Senior fee: £59.00
Concession: £24.00

Or call to enrol: 020 7831 7831

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Any questions? writing@citylit.ac.uk
or call 020 7492 2717

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